Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Posted by youngsierrans on April 18, 2010
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is under review by the Sunset Advisory Commission, who will recommend improvements to the agency and, ultimately, pass “sunset” legislation that will shape the way TCEQ operates for the next ten-plus years. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to improve the way our state environmental agency carries out its mission to protect our health and natural resources.
We can change TCEQ for the better, and HELP MAKE POLLUTION IN TEXAS HISTORY. Texans expect our environmental agency to protect our health. Right now, TCEQ often falls short of these expectations due to lax enforcement of existing clean air and water laws. The sunset review process offers all concerned Texans a chance to advocate for much needed reforms at TCEQ.
As the coalition of Texas environmental and public interest groups dedicated to improving TCEQ, the Alliance for a Clean Texas has big plans for the sunset review…and we need your help. Your voice and your story are crucial. Together, we’ll show that Texans across our state are ready to make pollution a thing of the past.
- AIR – The U.S. EPA has declared TCEQ’s air pollution permit system violates the federal Clean Air Act and fails to allow significant public participation.
- WATER – TCEQ recently proposed rules that would increase the amount of E. coli bacteria allowed in Texas waterways before they are considered polluted.
- WASTE – Rather than require new landfills to meet decades-old federal standards, TCEQ currently allows trash facilities to expand atop old landfills—frequently over sites without protective liners—often creating literal mountains of garbage.
- JUSTICE – TCEQ’s enforcement of pollution violations is so weak that, in many cases, paying the penalty costs less than actually cleaning up the problem. In other words, in Texas it often pays to pollute.
TCEQ is the most important environmental actor in the state of Texas. And 2010 is the year that we’ll ask it to stand up for Texas.